The centre of the ITN Translocation Project – Marie Sklodowska Curie Initial Training Network - has been a group of selected twelve pre-doctoral students located in each host institution. Each research student has had a second external co-supervisor in the network.
All ESR (early stage researchers) have spent several months performing secondments in laboratories.
The consortium has organized summer schools to train and to attract new students. The first summer school has also served as orientation for the new fellows and offered special courses on good laboratory practice, E-book documentation, lab-book keeping, data registration and evaluation for patents and patent rights.
We have arranged a so-called Orientation-week during the summer school and experienced lecturers have provided the relevant background. Students have earned extra ETCS credits in our summer schools.
Bringing the fellows together has enforced their interaction and created a network among them. The summer school has included a five day Research workshop with about 20 external speakers and 100 participants among half have been external.
An additional training element for the young fellows was to organize an annual meeting. The students were asked to decide on the program as well as to present and discuss their work with all network teams. Outside experts were invited as specific needs arise to broaden the students view. The students have learnt how to organize such events and to take responsibilities.
In addition to the above mentioned actions individual laboratories offered specialized training on particular instrumentations also open to external researcher.
In order to improve the spirit of a joint project we have introduced an E-book for data storage and monitoring. This allowed to create a number of templates for on-line documentation.
Each student had at least one supervisor and a co-supervisor from a second institution. Most of the ESR have benefited also from shorter research visits in other laboratories within the network.